Unpretended Art by Ran Brown

Best of 2011 so far.

I wanted to get some art up in here that wasn’t floating heads, and since most of what I do is comics, I figured that I’d post up some of my favourite pages that I’ve worked on since the start of the year from my webcomic, The End.

In no particular order (not even chronologically!):

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about cyan and bright, solid red that makes me want to put them together, repeatedly, for the rest of ever. I enjoyed this page mostly because it let me play with light sources, which is something I always enjoy about colouring.

Earlier this year I decided that I really needed to work on facial expressions–this was before that revelation, but that doesn’t mean i wasn’t working toward it. This was fun all around, and I was happy with the results despite the lack of a real background (something else I’m working on¬†incorporating–I often flat-colour or texture overlay for BGs as a means of saving time, and I need to do it less).

The thing that made me the most sad about this page was that I ended up having to cover up a lot of it with word bubbles. This page really let me play around with the way the Fiah look in our comic; in chapter one, Endi and Ethma look almost identical. I had to keep a bit of that for this page, but for all the Fiah in the first flashback panel, I got to play around with their plumage and clothing, and gave them a bit of individuality.

This one is a bit older. Looking back, there is a lot of things I would fix or change about it, but the very last panel is what endeared me to it, and lets it make this list.

Without context, what’s happening on this page might be a little unclear. Designing space-ships for other alien species was more difficult than I thought it would be, but again, I couldn’t resist all the fun lighting. I’m definitely used to using more subdued pallets, so the chance to use bright and interesting colours makes me infinitely happy.

Anyhow, that’s about it for now. I’ll likely do another post like this when I actually have more new pages to select from.

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